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The Speculative Fiction showcase: www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com is seeking submissions!

There are several ways to be featured in the showcase:

New Releases
Guest Posts
Author Interviews
Spe-Fic Links
Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month roundup


Submissions will be posted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you would like to submit a new release (30 days prior- or post-release) (example: http://indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-faerie-by-heidi-garrett.html), please contact Heidi Garrett @ heidi _ g @ comcast . net UPDATED 12/29/2014 Jessica Rydill or Cora Buhlert. (See email addresses below.)

If you'd like to submit a spec-fic related Guest Post on any spec-fic related topic (Example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/i-went-to-worldcon.html) or featuring one of your books (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/guest-post-by-harry-manners-author-of.html), please contact Jessica Rydill at jessica . rydill @ gmail . com

If you have a spec-fic related link (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/indie-speculative-fiction-links-of-week.html) or have a new release to be included in the Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month roundup (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/indie-speculative-fiction-of-month-july.html), please contact Cora Buhlert at cora @ corabuhlert . com

If you would like to participate in an Author Interview (example: http://indiespecfic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/author-interview-cora-buhlert.html), please contact either Jessica or Cora at the respective email addresses above. (Interview formats will be slightly varied.)

Additionally, over at the SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,173316.0.html authors have been participating in The Writing Process Blog Tour The Speculative Fiction Blog Hop since April, so we have a great chain going. If you'd like to participate please contact: Shelia Guthrie at newsfromsheilasworld @ gmail . com to schedule a date.

What is speculative fiction?

We use this quote from kboard author William D. Richards to define a big umbrella: an all-encompassing genre created to describe stories of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and other stories that have an element of "What if..." in them. A story in speculative fiction is one that adds an element of the unreal, or asks, what would become of our society if history took a different direction at some important event? Fiction with a little something extra thrown in.
 

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JessieCar said:
Thank you guys - and gals!

I've just posted an author interview with Cora, which is an example of how author interviews will look, going forward. We'll probably vary the interview questions, or let the author choose what they want to answer.

http://indiespecfic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/author-interview-cora-buhlert.html

Dean, that's excellent, good to hear from you!
Cool, I'll have to join your interview circuit if you have a spot open at some point.
 

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Thanks so much everyone for your support and participation. Keep those submissions coming :D

The purpose of the showcase is to create a resource for readers to discover/re-discover/indulge their love of speculative fiction. So the more authors and books, the better!

Dean, Jamie, and C. Gockel, thanks for sending those new releases!

Jessica, thanks for getting up that first interview. I love it!

Question. Do you recycle?
Cora's Answer: I'm German. Recycling is our national pastime.


That got a laugh of of me!

Read the rest of Cora's interview here: http://indiespecfic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/author-interview-cora-buhlert.html

I do want to give a public shout out to Jessica and Cora for helping to revive the showcase and making it possible to keep it going! THANK YOU, Ladies!
 

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Heidi - I need a little thumbs up icon person. Thank you for getting it started and working so hard on it!

I had a chuckle about the recycling bit too, not least because we spend a *lot* of time doing it here.

Vincent, that would be great. Just drop us an email (or a PM) whenever you're ready.

And Daniel - thank you for your email! I have replied...
 

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Then the UK has gotten a lot better with regard to recycling, because in the mid 1990s when I was a student, people in the neighbourhood where I lived then (Harlesden in North London) would give me very strange looks when I dragged old newspapers and empty bottles to the public recycling bins (which were quite far away) and asked where the compost heap was.

Vincent, send me or Jessica a mail when you're ready. We'd be pleased to have you.

Daniel, your book looks interesting. I'll include it in the indie spec fic of the month round-up for September.
 

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It has got better in the UK, Cora. Though where I live (in Bath) the local council are very keen on recycling - not all local authorities are the same. We even get recycling collections now.

I was living in London in the 1990s too - mainly in Stoke Newington!

I've replied to everyone who has sent inquiries - thank you for your interest. :)
 

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One request, people, could you please put "Speculative Fiction Showcase" in the subject line of any interview request, new release or link submission? Otherwise, it can get a bit confusing.
 

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CoraBuhlert said:
One request, people, could you please put "Speculative Fiction Showcase" in the subject line of any interview request, new release or link submission? Otherwise, it can get a bit confusing.
I litterally just hit send on my email to Jessica moments before your post came in..... sorry! :)
 

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Don't worry, Vincent, we got your replies. We'll contact you again, once we've got the schedule worked out.

The request was not directed at anybody in particular, just a general thing to make it easier on all of us.
 

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Brilliant, Cora - many thanks! I'm really pleased to be on the round-up this month. There were times when I thought we'd never get the book published.

I have now posted up the new author interview from Stan Smith, author of

The interview is fascinating as Stan has worked for NASA in the past.

http://indiespecfic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/author-interview-stan-smith.html

We've had a great response and have got several Spec Fic authors lined up for interview. I've really enjoyed reading the responses and there is some great stuff to come! Thank you to everyone who has responded so far.
 
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